WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are short text files that are downloaded to the device of the User when a website is visited. On each subsequent visit, the cookies are sent back to the website that created them (first-party cookies) or to another website that recognises them (third-party cookies). Cookies are useful because they enable a website to recognise the device of the User. They have different purposes, for example, to allow the efficient browsing of webpages, remember preferred websites and, in general, improve the browsing experience.
Based on their function and purpose, cookies can be subdivided into technical cookies, profiling cookies and third-party cookies.
The purpose of technical cookies is to activate functions without which full use of the website would not be possible.
These cookies allow the functioning of procedures that involve several steps (several consecutive webpages, such as a contact request), as well as the tracking of User choices about the website content to be displayed and the functions to be activated or deactivated.
Essential cookies cannot be disabled using website functions.
Technical cookies are also used for the statistical analysis of website visits, also known as “website analytics”, which is carried out solely for statistical purposes and to collect information in an aggregated form, without any possibility to determine the identities of individual users.
These analytics can also be third-party cookies (e.g. Google Analytics), regarding which reference is made to the privacy policies of the respective controllers of data processing for further information.
The purpose of profiling cookies is to improve the User experience when visiting the website, suggesting content compatible with the preferences shown by the User while browsing, based on the content already viewed and other parameters of behaviour.
Users can decide to deactivate the use of individual website cookies by changing specific browser settings.
In that case, certain website functions might not be available.
The website uses certain external functions or contains certain external links in order to improve its integration with third-party websites in common use and its social media compatibility (e.g. buttons for Facebook, Google, Twitter etc.).
These functions and links might require the use of third-party cookies, regarding which reference is made to the specific privacy policies published on the individual websites.
How can cookie settings be changed?
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but the User can usually change the settings in order to deactivate this function. It is possible to block all types of cookie, or accept some and disable others. The “Options” or “Preferences” section in the browser menu allows cookies and other user tracking technologies to be blocked and enables the user to be notified by the browser if these technologies are activated. Alternatively, it is possible to consult the “Help” section of the toolbar displayed by most browsers.
In addition, Users can select their browser from the following list and follow the instructions: – Internet Explorer; – Chrome; – Safari; – Firefox; – Opera. For mobile devices: – Android; – Safari; – Windows Phone; – Blackberry.
Further information about cookies and the management of preferences (first- and/or third-party cookies) can be obtained by visiting the platform www.youronlinechoices.com. Remember that the deactivation of browsing or functional cookies might cause the website to malfunction and/or restrict the services offered.
See the contact details section of our website and the related privacy documentation for further information.